Lecturer: Robert C. "Barney" Rubel
Jan. 18, 2011
Professor Robert C. "Barney" Rubel, Dean of Naval Warfare Studies, presented "One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Aviation," a retrospective on one of the most dramatic examples of technological change, courage, commitment, and dedication in our nation's history that has brought Naval Aviation to such a prominent position in the nation's arsenal.
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On January 18, 1911, a civilian aviator, Eugene Ely, landed a rickety biplane on an equally rickety wooden platform rigged over the aft turrets of the cruiser USS Pennsylvania, anchored in San Francisco Bay. After some celebratory toasts, his plane was moved to a slanted deck rigged above the forward turrets and he took off, landing ashore. Thus commenced the hundred year saga of naval aviation. The essential elements of this history are well-known to many; the experimentation through the 1920s and 1930s, the resounding victories in World War II over the Japanese Navy and the German U-boats, the transition to the jet age and the contributions of naval aviation in wars ranging from Korea to Afghanistan. This presentation presents an analysis of that hundred year history in terms of organizational dynamics - how did the naval aviation enterprise respond to various pressures, including emerging and disruptive technology, and competition from the U.S. Air Force?